Susan Collins

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Susan Collins
Susan Collins.jpg
U.S. Senate, Maine
In office
January 3, 1997-Present
Term ends
January 3, 2015
Years in position 18
Base salary$174,000/year
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 4, 2008
First electedNovember 5, 1996
Next general November 4, 2014
Term limitsN/A
High schoolCaribou High School
Bachelor'sSt. Lawrence University
Date of birthDecember 7, 1952
Place of birthCaribou, ME
ReligionRoman Catholic
Office website
Susan Margaret Collins (b. December 7, 1952) is an Republican member of the U.S. Senate from the state of Maine. Collins was first elected to the Senate in 1996.

Based on an analysis of bill sponsorship by GovTrack, Collins is a "centrist Republican leader".[1]


Sanders was born in 1952 in Caribou, ME, where she also attended high school. She earned her B.A. from St. Lawrence University in 1975. Before seeking office herself, Collins had worked on the staff of now-former Senator William S. Cohen.[2]


Below is an abbreviated outline of Collins' professional and political career[2]:

  • Staff Director of the Senate Governmental Affairs Subcommittee on the Oversight of Government Management, 1981-1987
  • Commissioner of the Maine Department of Professional and Financial Regulation, 1987-1992
  • New England Regional Director, United States Small Business Administration, 1992
  • Deputy State Treasurer of the State of Massachusetts, 1993
  • U.S. Senate, 1997-Present

Committee assignments

U.S. Senate


Collins serves on the following Senate committees[3]:


Collins served on the following Senate committees[4]:


Fiscal Cliff

Voted "Yes" Collins voted for the fiscal cliff compromise bill, which made permanent most of the Bush tax cuts originally passed in 2001 and 2003 while also raising tax rates on the highest income levels. The bill was passed in the Senate by a 89/8 vote on January 1, 2013.[5]



On November 4, 2008, Collins won re-election to the United States Senate. She defeated Thomas H. Allen (D) in the general election.[6]

U.S. Senate General Election, Maine, 2008
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngSusan Collins Incumbent 61.3% 444,300
     Democratic Thomas H. Allen 38.6% 279,510
     Independent Other 0.1% 620
Total Votes 724,430

Campaign donors


Breakdown of the source of Collins' campaign funds before the 2008 election.

Collins won re-election to the U.S. Senate in 2008. During that re-election cycle, Collins' campaign committee raised a total of $8,039,750 and spent $7,996,626.[7]


Congressional Staff Salaries

See also: Staff salaries of United States Senators and Representatives

The website Legistorm compiles staff salary information for members of Congress. Collins paid her congressional staff a total of $2,549,604 in 2011. She ranks 16th on the list of the highest paid Republican Senatorial Staff Salaries and she ranks 50th overall of the lowest paid Senatorial Staff Salaries in 2011. Overall, Maine ranks 41st in average salary for senatorial staff. The average U.S. Senate congressional staff was paid $2,529,141.70 in fiscal year 2011.[8]

Net worth

See also: Net Worth of United States Senators and Representatives

Based on congressional financial disclosure forms and calculations made available by - The Center for Responsive Politics, Collins' net worth as of 2010 was estimated between $145,005 and $350,000. That averages to $247,502.50, which is lower than the average net worth of Republican Senators in 2010 of $7,054,258.[9]

Political Analysis

National Journal vote ratings

Each year, National Journal publishes an analysis of how liberally or conservatively each member of Congress voted, as compared to other members, in the previous year. More information about the analysis process can be found on the vote ratings page.


According to the data released in 2012, Susan Collins was ranked the 47th most conservative senator during 2011.[10]

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Collins lives in Bangor, Maine.[11] In August 2012 she married Thomas Daffron, chief operating officer of Jefferson Consulting Group, a lobbying and consulting firm in Washington, and a former chief of staff to Senators William Cohen, Fred Thompson and Lisa Murkowski. This is her first marriage, his second.[12]

She is the niece of former Maine Supreme Judicial Court justice Samuel Collins, Jr.

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Political offices
Preceded by
William Cohen
U.S. Senate - Maine
Succeeded by